A Kite in the Evening Sky

ISBN 9789814794428

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Shaik Kadir


A Kite in the Evening Sky is Shaik Kadir’s firsthand account of growing up in a Geylang Serai kampung in the late 1950s and 1960s. It was a time when children spent the hours after school playing capteh and marbles, eating fresh jambu, hauling pails of water home from the public standpipe, attending prayers at the surau, learning to fast, reading the Qur'an, as well as enjoying evenings in the open-air cinema. 

Despite the poverty, he thrived in the twilight years of the kampung and managed to make his dreams soar like a kite, fulfilling the aspirations of his single mother for a better life in a modernising city. Thoughtful, amusing and heartwarming, these stories hark back to simpler days and humbler ways, offering us a vivid glimpse of the kampung that raised the child.

Shaik Kadir
Shaik Kadir Shaik Maideen holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Sheffield, UK. He received training in teaching and journalism both locally and overseas, and has years of experience as a teacher and journalist. His numerous writings have been published in various periodicals and magazines in Singapore and in other countries. Many of his articles have also appeared in local newspapers such as The Straits Times and Berita Harian. Kadir is the author of several books on Islam: Read! – the Islamic inspiration on guidance, wisdom and progress (1986), The Straight Way -answers to questions put forward by non-Muslims (1993), The Haj – the annual pilgrimage of Islam (1995), Commanding a dynamic Islamic personality” (2000) and Inside Islam – 101 questions and answers (2004).

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